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PERSPECTIVES Transportation Engineering manager named Brian McKee has been promoted to manager of transportation services for Ayres Associates’ Southeast Operations. He will supervise staff providing transportation- related services in the firm’s Florida offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Sarasota. McKee joined Ayres in August 2011 and has more than 21 years of engineering experience. 2014 construction awards announced A bridge designed by Ayres Associates, in cooperation with Dane Partners, won a Special Recognition Construction Award at the recent Contractor-Engineer Conference in Middleton, Wisconsin. The project involved the construction of the IH 39 southbound bridge over Siggelkow Road in Dane County. Ayres’ design of the bridge included precast pier elements, which WisDOT has done only once before. The precast elements consisted of the pier columns and pier cap. This innovative design allowed for the contractor to construct these elements off-site, saving valuable time on the time-sensitive project. Dane Partners is a joint venture of Ayres, EMCS, OTIE, and SEH. Project receives ACEC state finalist award A redevelopment project that transformed a blighted, run-down area of Waukesha, Wisconsin, into a thriving student housing complex has earned a 2015 Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin. Ayres’ environmental engineer Lynn Scherbert managed the Carroll University Student Living and Business Center project. ACEC WI will recognize the project at its March 20 awards banquet in Kohler. Clopper leads hydraulics research committee Paul Clopper, director of applied technology for Ayres, was recently appointed chairman of the Hydraulics Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Water Quality. The subcommittee identifies gaps in knowledge where the worlds of water and transportation intersect, and it encourages research to close those gaps. The result is better guidance for Departments of Transportation on how to design highways, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. Efficient homes earn awards Focus on Energy recently announced the locations of the most efficient new homes built in Wisconsin in 2013, and six of the top 10 are in the Eco Village development in River Falls. Matt Frisbie, Ayres’ vice president of architecture, helped with design in support of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, which is building the compact, walkable development. Ayres’ new River Falls office – the former Frisbie Architects – donated at least 800 hours of design time to the project. Sustainable construction magazine Green Builder also announced that the Eco Village is a finalist in its annual Home of the Year Competition. AN EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY 3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway Eau Claire, WI 54701 715.834.3161 Editorial Staff: Jennifer Schmidt, Eric Widholm, Wendy Kinderman, and Tawny Quast Graphic Designer: Sarah Howe-Halvorson Manager – Marketing: Susan Leith ©2015 Ayres Associates Inc Phoenix, Arizona 602.275.2655 Denver, Colorado 303.938.8874 Fort Collins, Colorado 970.223.5556 Jacksonville, Florida 904.260.6288 Sarasota, Florida 941.343.0532 Tampa, Florida 813.978.8688 Green Bay, Wisconsin 920.498.1200 Madison, Wisconsin – Badger Road 608.255.0800 Madison, Wisconsin – Terrace Drive 608.443.1200 River Falls, Wisconsin 715.426.4908 Waukesha, Wisconsin 262.523.4488 Cheyenne, Wyoming 307.634.9888 Photography Credits: Apple of Their Eye: Ayres Associates staff Supportive Solutions: Ayres Associates staff and Village of Tinley Park Unlocking Keystone Road: Aerial Innovations and Ayres Associates staff TRENDS │17